Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender essential oil is best known for its calming, relaxing aroma and its usefulness for treating insomnia and depression by relaxing brain waves. However, lavender offers a multitude of therapeutic properties, among which it has also been found to eliminate harmful bacteria, relieve muscle spasms, soothe skin from a venomous, itchy bug bite, balance hormones, and relieve flatulence. Lavender oil has properties that can generate the growth of cells, contributing to speeding up hair growth, and it's antimicrobial and antibacterial properties can improve scalp health.
Botanical Family, Origin & Extraction: Labiatae (mint); France; Steam distilled from flowering tops
Properties: Analgesic, anti-coagulant, anti-convulsive, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, antihistamine, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, cardio-tonic, regenerative, and sedative
Body Systems Affected: Cardiovascular system, emotional balance, nervous system, skin
Aromatic Influence: Lavender promotes consciousness, health, love, peace and a general sense of well-being. The oil has a scent composition that is floral, sweet, herbaceous, balsamic, woody undertones.
Other Possible Uses: Lavender is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need. If in doubt use lavender. It may help arthritis, asthma, balancing body systems, boils, bronchitis, bruises, carbuncles, cold sores, convulsions, depression, earaches, fainting, gallstones, hay fever, relieve headaches, heart (irregularity), reduce high blood pressure, hives (urticaria), hysteria, insect bites and bee stings, infection, influenza, injuries, laryngitis, migraine headaches, mouth abscess, reduce mucus, nervous tension, pineal gland (activates), respiratory function, rheumatism, skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, rashes), sprains, stress, sunburns (including lips), sunstroke, tension, throat infections, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, whooping cough and wounds.
Historical Uses: During Medieval times, people were obviously divided on the properties of lavender regarding love. Some would claim that it could keep the wearer chaste, while others claimed just the opposite, touting its aphrodisiac qualities.
French Medicinal Uses: Acne, allergies, burns (cell renewal), cramps (leg), dandruff, diaper rash, flatulence, hair loss, herpes, indigestion, insomnia, lower blood pressure, lymphatic system drainage, menopausal conditions, mouth abscess, nausea, phlebitis, pre-menstrual conditions, scarring (minimizes), stretch marks, tachycardia, thrush, water retention
Blends With: Most oils especially citrus oils, chamomile, clary sage, and geranium
Directions for Use:
- Use 6-8 drops in a diffuser of your choice
- Apply diluted to flex points, and/or directly on area of concern
- Do not take essential oils internally*
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (refer to an aromatherapy text)
- The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should use essential oils after consulting a trained healthcare practitioner
- You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease
- Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem
- Stop using this product if you suspect an allergic reaction
- Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization
- Avoid direct sunlight for 3 to 6 hours after topical use
GC/MS Report: The analysis of our Lavender batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Lavandula angustifolia. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in the GC/MS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced on the date of analysis.
*Mockingbird Apothecary does not recommend ingestion of essential oils